Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Some Advice on Coping Following Trauma

If you, a loved one or friend, has recently been through a traumatic and upsetting event, it may be worth considering some of the following ways of coping

Toxicity as a Stealth Teacher

By Kaja Perina on June 22, 2017 in Brainstorm
Nothing absolves bad actors, but shifting your focus from reactive to proactive and intentional allows you to master your own mind, which is all that you can ever control.

Four Reasons Why People Become Empaths: Trauma to Genetics

Why do people become empaths? As a psychiatrist and an empath, I’ve seen that there are four main factors that can contribute to heightening one's sensitivities.

When People (Appear to) Have No Feelings

By Nick Luxmoore on June 21, 2017 in Young People Up Close
Therapists listen all the time for anger and despair, for sadness and hatred. But when a young person appears to be feeling nothing? To be entirely empty of feelings? What then?

What Is Justice and When Is It Served?

When a court's factual findings differ from reality, it erases actual lived experiences.

National PTSD Awareness Month

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in The New Normal
June is a time to celebrate a psychiatric revolution.

Wired for Survival

Can we increase the odds of surviving violent events by understanding and harnessing our body's natural stress response?

How Maternal Personality Problems Affect Children

How does parental personality dysfunction affect the future mental health of offspring? New research highlights how psychological issues carry over through generations.

Parent Mental Illness Casts Long Shadow on Children

Research reveals that parent mental illness can greatly impact children.

What Obesity and Interpersonal Conflict Have in Common

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in The Squeaky Wheel
Our most basic physical activity impacts our mind in surprising ways.

How to Start Healing After Personal Trauma

Do you feel too fragmented after a traumatic event? A few lifestyle adjustments can help you feel whole again.

The Loss of a Child

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Towards Recovery
There is no greater grief, than when a parent losses a child.
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Stress Is Not Trauma

If you experienced a stressful event, is that the same as a traumatic event? The distinction is important, and one's beliefs about it may depend on one's motivations.
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The Truth About Abusers, Abuse, and What to Do

Abusers seek control because they're insecure, despite any outer success. Learn to spot them and what to do.

Wonder Woman Psychology

Did you see "Wonder Woman" in the theatre yet? Wonder what made it so powerful? Here are some of the psychology concepts shown in the film.
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Bad Things Happen to Everyone

There is much confusion about “accepting what is.”

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 6

By Michael Jawer on June 04, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Many creatures are known to become agitated before natural disasters. Emotional information – warnings – may be what they’re able to derive through infrasound or other means.

The Manchester and London Bridge Attacks: Helping Kids Cope

Helping kids cope with terrorist attacks and weapon violence: Tips and tools.

What are the Common Psychological Reactions to Trauma?

It is normal to experience various psychological reactions in the days following a traumatic event. But if these reactions persist for several weeks it may be time to seek help

Accompaniment: An Ethic Beyond Accidental Fences

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on June 03, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Liberation psychologists and Wild Turkeys show us how to transform from an anthropocentric "them" to a trans-species "us" worldview.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 5

By Michael Jawer on June 03, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
Elephants are able to detect and use infrasound, which radiates below the threshold of human hearing. Infrasound can travel vast distances unimpeded by land, air, or water.

How Common Is PTSD In Primary Care Settings?

New data suggests that PTSD is common in primary care settings. Are patients getting the attention they need for this condition?

Day One: The End of the World as We Knew It

By Lucy C Hone Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in Resilient Grieving
Wondering how to survive the death of someone you love? Lucy Hone reflects on three years of learning to live without her daughter, Abi.

4 Ways Childhood Emotional Trauma Impacts Us as Adults

Children make meaning out of the events they witness and things that happen to them, and they create an internal map of how the world is. This meaning-making helps them cope.

The Road to Recovery Is Paved With...Music?

During the 2017 Memorial Day concert, singer Renee Fleming shared four ways music therapy can help injured soldiers. Here's an explanation.

Desensitization of Terrorism

Has society become desensitized to terrorism?

Coercion in Intimate Relationships

By Carol A. Lambert, MSW on May 30, 2017 in Mind Games
For 23 years, I heard experiences from women in my Recovery Groups for Women with Controlling Partners, that therapy was unhelpful and actually hurtful.

Unimagined Sensitivities, Part 2

By Michael Jawer on May 27, 2017 in Feeling Too Much
When elephants encounter their dead, they become quiet and tense.They also become agitated at the imminent death of a fellow. These behaviors are suggestive of mourning and grief.